NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory Projects Summaries, 1996.
NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory Projects
Raufaste, N. J., Jr.
NIST SP 838-10; 226 p. September 1996.
Available from: Government Printing Office
Order number: SN003-003-03428-2
building research; building technology; applied
economics; fire safety; fire science; materials
engineering; mechanical engineering; environmental
engineering; structural engineering
Construction is one of the Nation's largest industries.
In 1995, total construction amounted to about $755
billion which is 12 percent of U.S. GDP (new
construction put in place amounted to about $527 billion
and renovation contributed about $228 billion). U.S.
construction accounts for more than six million jobs.
More than 60% of the nation's wealth is invested in
constructed facilities. This annual report, "Project
Summaries 1996", presents BFRL's research during 1996.
These summaries show how out products (performance
prediction, measurement, and test methods) support the
industries of construction achieving the National
Construction Goals (NCGs). BFRL has focused its
research in three principal thrusts: 1. High
Performance Construction Materials and Systems; 2.
Automation in construction and Constructed Facilities;
3. Loss Reduction. BFRL's research is in the areas of
structural engineering, materials engineering,
mechanical and environmental systems, fire safety and
engineering, fire science, and applied economics.